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Real Madrid ‘one step away’ from signing in-demand defender on a free transfer

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Real Madrid are one step away from signing Chelsea defender Antonio Rudger on a free transfer, claims a report from English media outlet Sky Sports.

Rudiger, whose current Chelsea deal expires at the end of the season, is being monitored by some of the top European clubs, which potentially include Real’s La Liga rivals Barcelona as well as the Premier League giants Manchester United.

As for Real, they have been chasing the German for months but were forced to put off due to his exceeding salary demands. As things stand though, his agent has accepted to lower the number, and the new figures are very much within the team’s reach.

It is believed that Carlo Ancelotti admires Rudiger a lot. The manager, in fact, had a meeting with Florentino Perez last Friday to present where exactly the team needed reinforcements.

And one of the players, in that regard, he pointed out, was Antonio Rudiger. That because the defender is certain to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, meaning that the only fee Madrid will have to pay is the general operational costs, including the agent’s fee, and his salary.

The manager believes Rudiger’s arrival will ease Madrid’s defence to a great extent. Through this, he will be able to move David Alaba to the left-back spot so that he can act as a cover for the injury-prone Ferland Mendy and Marcelo.

At the same time, however, Real are aware of the interest he has generated through his situation at Chelsea. While the Blues are already pushing for him to sign a new deal, there is also interest from the likes of PSG and Juventus, which could rightly hinder Madrid’s pursuit.

But as quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio, the only reason why the player accepted to lower his salary was due to Real’s interest. If it was only for the wages, Manchester United made the biggest offer while PSG & Juventus were in line too.

The three teams, however, fell short of agreeing on a deal.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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